David joined the Arsenal Board in 1983 and was made Vice-Chairman in the same year. He also rose to Vice-Chairman of the Football Association and has served on numerous UEFA and FIFA Committees.
David was an early proponent of women’s football having been President of the hugely successful Arsenal Ladies Team
He was the man who had the foresight to bring Arsene Wenger to Arsenal in 1996. During David’s reign, the Club won:
The League x 5
The FA Cup x 5
The UEFA Cup Winners Cup x 1
The League Cup x 2
The Community Shield x 5
A total of 18 trophies!
David was a prime mover when the Premier League was launched in 1992. As Greg Dyke, the former Chairman of the FA, told the Financial Times “David Dein was the most revolutionary bloke I’ve met in football. David Dein created the Premier League, it was his idea.”
The Daily Mail published a list of the 50 most influential people in the history of the Premier League and David was in the top ten with people like Sir Alex Ferguson.
These days David spends much of his time speaking in businesses, schools & prisons including students of the world renowned Harvard Business School in Boston.
In 2018 David created the “The Twinning Project” which links prisons to their local professional football team which has been a huge success in opening up opportunities to inmates which will reduce re-offending and save lives.
David was awarded an MBE by the Queen in the New Year’s Honours in recognition of his achievements.